A senior Party official has recommended that the southern province of Soc Trang to focus on developing agriculture and aquaculture which are the advantages of the province.

At a working session on April 28 with Soc Trang provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, hailed the achievements that the Party organisation, authorities and people in the province have made in socio-economic development.

However, Anh said the results are not sustainable, with potential instability in the local socio-economic, security and political situation. He added that the poor attraction of investment and a high rate of poverty are issues that Soc Trang needs to deal with immediately.

The Party official also requested that the local authorities pay more attention to religious and ethnic issues, taking better care of social welfare and improving people’s living standards, particularly poor ethnic people in remote areas.

Le Thanh Quan, Standing Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board briefed the Politburo member on the overall situation in Soc Trang in the first quarter of this year. He highlighted a 36 percent year-on-year increase in total aquatic output and a 16 percent rise in industrial production value. The province earned 127.3 million USD from aquatic product export in the period, a more than double hike from the same period last year. Soc Trang has also improved its ranking in the Provincial Competitiveness Index by 21 places.

Quan also reported that the province is making efforts to carry out the Party Central Committee’s Resolution on Party building and the revised Constitution, as well as to popularise State and Party’s policies to all the people.-VNA